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Stuffed Peppers

Blackjack Fitness

“You can’t outrun your fork,” simple and delicious Clean Eating ideas from Robin Martinez.

This recipe is perfect to make for your weekday lunches, as these peppers travel really well. Just put them in a Tupperware container and heat them up in a microwave for about 2 minutes. This makes 4-6 servings, so with just one batch you can have lunch for the week!

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe


4 to 6 large yellow or red bell peppers
1 lb ground turkey or lean beef
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 6oz. can tomato paste
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 8oz. can tomato sauce

Cooking Instructions

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe

1. Brown the ground meat in a large pan over medium heat. Once browned add Italian seasoning and salt then stir.

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe

Make a small space in the center of the pan by moving the meat to the sides then scoop out about 2/3 of the can of tomato paste and put it in the center of the pan. Using the mostly empty tomato paste can, fill it with water then add that to the paste you put in the pan and stir until you are able to work it into the meat. You want it to remain thick not

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe

2. Once combined, simmer the meat for 2 to 3 minutes then taste it. It may need a bit more salt. You can also add a teaspoon of dried peppers for a little spice.

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe

3. Remove from heat and add the rice. Usually, we use the frozen brown rice from Trader Joes its just so easy, one package is perfect. At this point you may again need to add a bit more salt because adding the rice will dilute the flavor a bit.

Stuffed Bell Peper Recipe

4. Depending on the shape of the pepper, you can either cut the tops off (this works well if the bottom looks like a 4-leaf clover as it will stand up easily) or slice them lengthwise. Place your peppers in a glass baking dish then stuff them with equal amounts of the meat mixture. Then pour a small amount of plain tomato sauce on top of each pepper and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Did you know?

Red bell peppers are packed with more nutrition than green or yellow bell peppers. According to The Worlds Healthiest Foods Website, they are rich in carotenoid phytonutrients and contain almost eleven times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers as well as one and a half times more vitamin C. This is because green bell peppers are picked before they are fully ripe. If left on the vine, they turn yellow and then red when fully mature. Just something to think about. Red bell peppers are usually more expensive, but definitely worth it if you are looking to supercharge your vitamin intake!

Robin Martinez

Robin and her husband Dionicio Martinez own Blackjack Farms, a beautiful and secluded 5+ acre ranch in North San Diego, with a very unique indoor/outdoor fitness facility. They have a well-equipped indoor gym, multiple permanent outdoor workout stations and a groomed running track. The fact that it's also the home of their show horses makes it truly one of a kind. There is also a limited amount of room for people to board their horses, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a horse facility and fitness facility all in one. Robin has fitness clients that ride and riding clients who workout. Its a wonderful harmony, everybody is fit around there - horses and riders alike. Robin's focus is on establishing core strength and building a foundation of fitness for her clients. As a competing rider herself, she uses that experience to create fitness programs geared specifically for equestrians to help them gain the strength and mobility they need to be at the top of their game. Her style is positive, fun, encouraging and pleasantly tough. For more information on Blackjack Fitness please visit her website at

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